Saturday, July 17, 2010


Hey Everyone!
I hope that this post finds you all well and blessed.
To start off here's some pics from sunday school on Tuesday nights. These two little boys are brothers. On tuesday nights the class consists of around 15 kids, all jam-packed into a bedroom. The adults study is held outside the house. The kids range from 7 months to 12 years old usually. Lolita does a phenomenal job of caring for them and keeping them entertained.
The children's ministry has been heavy on Pastor Dan's heart for a while now. He wants to see it be more effective. We want to not only care for the children but also teach them. Please pray that the Lord would guide and inspire this aspect of the ministry. There are SO MANY children in the congregation and in the villages that we visit weekly!

Here is Elliot, dear Elliot. Elliot is Marilu's younger brother. He recently came from a children's home in Hermosillo. He stayed at the ranch for a while visiting and is now at Casa Providencia in Navojoa. We pray that he will learn and grow both in his spiritual walk and in maturity while at Casa Providencia. Please do keep Casa Providencia in your prayers. They are a very special ministry that the Lord is using mightily. They have 3 separate houses on campus; 1 for girls, 1 for boys, and 1 for smaller children. Casa Providencia's main goal isn't simply to care for the children but to show them Christ's love. They also teach their children to work, be responsible, and also to respect. Please, please pray for Elliot. Pray that he would take advantage of the opportunity being given to him at Casa Providencia.

This is our wonderful fish project :) The pool below is our newest addition to the project and has be christened, "Big Blue".
While Dan and Ana are stateside it's up to me to keep the fish and vegetation alive. Please pray God's mercy on me...... Maybe a bit of wisdom as well. I would like to not only keep the fish alive for Dan but also have them thriving when he returns.

This next pic I couldn't help but adding. I found these flowers growing by our gravel pile down by the fish project. I find it so awesome to see how beauty grows in the desert. These flowers just popped up out of the cracked and dry ground. Not two feet away from them is a prickly thorn bush.These flowers are such an example of Christ's love. He can take nothing, dry, parched, dirt and make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hi Everyone!

So, Dan and Ana are gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They left yesterday morning for the states. They'll be gone around 3 weeks. Please praying that the Lord owuld bless their time. But pray even harder that those here on the ranch will be able to survive without them!!!! Hopefully we won't blow anything up or burn anything to the ground :) Anyway, longer update coming later. For now, coveting your prayers :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Temple

I'm reading about Solomon building the temple right now. It is quite amazing. The Lord is using it to show me many things.
"If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar, if their enemy besieges them in the land at their gates, whatever the plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any many or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each who se heart you know, according to all his ways (FOR YOU, ONLY YOU, KNOW THE HEARTS OF ALL THE CHILDREN OF MANKIND)........." 1 Kings 8

He knows our hearts. He knows when they're breaking. He knows when their burdened, heavy- ladened. He knows when they can't take anymore. He sees our hearts when they seem to be drowning in emotion. He sees our hearts when they're broken with disappointment or strife. He sees our hearts tremble with the winds of change. But none the less He hears, He sees, He listens to whatever plea or prayer we may have. And then he forgives, He acts, and He renders to us what we need. He is our God. He is my God. He is your God. And, He's not going anywhere. Nothing scares Him. Not even the most fearful or cowardice heart escapes His love and mercy. He is the God of the broken-hearted.

Monday, July 5, 2010

lots to say

My dear friend Cruz Maria graduated last Monday. She is now certifiedto teach Kindergarden. I am so proud, so very proud of her!!!!!!!!

This other pic is of me with her Aunt, Leti. The whole family is simply wonderful. It was a huge blessing to be able to be with them on this special day!

This next pic is a fun one. Paul Cooper, the wonderful man that he is, put a cooler in my room before leaving last week. It was a gift from heaven. I have to admit that waking up drenched in sweat is not pleasent. But Pablo saved me :) :) I am forever and eternally grateful. After Paul left I helped Dan hook up a water line to the cooler. This is where I ended up...... I think I need to call the union or maybe demand a raise!!!!!! Anyway, we got the water line in!

This is Lolita working hard to put the screen back up. The contraption she's sitting on is our swamp cooler :)

This next one is from Huazahuari. The three children are Carmen, Jaciel, and , and, and, and........ The third boys name has escaped me for the moment. Darn it. Anyway, I was giving them more cookies right before we headed out. It's been really, really hot here!
I'm hoping that within the next week it will start to rain. The desert is turned into the most gorgeous place when it rains.
Dan and Ana will be leaving on the 13th for Hawaii to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Please pray for those of us staying home to hold down the fort.
We had baptisms yesterday after the big sunday service. It was a enormous blessing. I think 7 people were baptized. People of all ages and walks of life. Not a week goes without someone getting saved. Such a blessing!
Dan has several hundred men coming to the biblestudey in the prison. What a blessing!
Today I spent quite a while talking to my family on skype. It was such a blessing to see their beautiful faces. I miss ya'll so much!
Tomorrow morning is biblestudy in Osobompo. Then tomorrow afternoon I'm off to my english students. From there biblestudy in Tesia tomorrow evening. Please pray for God's provision and guidance in everything. To Him be the glory!!!!